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GMAT 2018 Exam Information

The Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is the most widely used exam for admissions to MBA programmes. The GMAT tests exclusively, the candidates aptitude for management decisions. The exam is conducted by Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) and is a reliable indicator of candidates seriousness and capability to pursue a degree in Management studies.

Should I take the GMAT exam?

If you are a candidate interested in admission to a B-School or MBA Programme, the GMAT exam could open the doors to over 5000 programmes offered by 1,900 + schools in 82 countries. The GMAT focuses thoroughly on critical thinking and reasoning skills which are two core skills required during MBA programmes.

Important factors to consider are –

  1. i) Are you applying an MBA programme or a Masters programme in another discipline?

The GMAT is definitely more suited to MBA admissions versus the GRE which is applicable for some MBA admissions but most other graduate programmes as well (eg. J.D., M.S. etc.). In fact most MBA admission decisions (internationally) are made on the basis of GMAT scores.

  1. ii) When do you plan to apply to your B-School(s) of choice?

The GMAT score is applicable for 5 years. This means that if you feel that you currently have more time to devote to preparation, which you may not have later – you can take the exam today and apply with that score for up to a 5 year window. You can of course, retake the exam (upto a lifetime total of 8 times) if your score is not up to the mark.

iii) Do the colleges you are applying to accept GMAT?

Although most MBA courses will accept GMAT, some MBA programmes in India itself have their own entrance exam or only accept CAT scores to maintain uniformity. If you are applying within India, it is best to check up on which exam scores are being accepted.

Further, even for admission to universities abroad – some accept both GRE and GMAT and this is where you can play it to your strength. The GMAT is traditionally more quant-intensive whereas candidates with a better verbal ability skills may perform better in the GRE. Take a look at a few mock papers of each and make your decision accordingly.

GMAT 2018 Exam Date

The GMAT exam is available throughout the year at select test centres in 18 states of the country. You should book your test date at least 45-60 days in advance to ensure you get the centre and slot of your choice. This will also give you an adequate window to prepare for the test.

Test-takers should take into consideration college application deadlines depending on whether they are vying for a fall/spring intake. This varies for every university so find out the last date to submit scores and work backwards to decide when to schedule your test.

Two more important points to note:

1] You can only appear for the GMAT up to 5 times in a 12 month period.

2] Each GMAT attempt must be 16 days apart. 

You may use the link below to check available dates at centres close to you by entering a location. Try to be as specific as possible about your location, to ensure that the centres nearest to you show up.

To find test centre and availability, use this link GMAT Test Centre Availability 

Usually a centre will display availability of test dates for a 6-month window. For example, if I’m viewing the availability during October, I will be able to view dates upto April.

List of all the cities in India with 1 or more GMAT centres:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bangalore
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Chennai
  • Cochin
  • Coimbatore
  • Dehradun
  • Gurgaon
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Indore
  • Jaipur
  • Kolkata

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GMAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

GMAT or the Graduate Management Admission Test, is an exam which is used to take admission in various courses related to management. GMAT is conducted by GMAC or the Graduate Management Admission Council. The test is required to get into the various business schools offering these management courses all over the globe. The GMAT examination is a computer- based test. It evaluates a candidate’s ability to think and write analytically, verbal skills, that is speaking, quantitative skills and also reading skills. The thing about GMAT exam which differentiates it from the other exams for taking admission in various management courses is that, the level of difficulty of each successive question depends upon the candidate himself. That is, being a computer- based exam, the candidate is asked to answer one question at a time, then on the basis of the answer given by the candidate, the difficulty of the next question will be set.

Recent changes: previously, the exam used to be of 4 hours duration. But starting from the year 2018, the duration of the exam has been shortened by 30 minutes. So now the exam is of 3 hours and 30 minutes, that is, including the time given for instructions and break. Also, the candidates have the freedom to choose whichever section they would like to answer first.  Now let us look at the various specifications if the GMAT exam.

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GMAT 2018 Registration

Here are the basic steps involved in your GMAT Exam Registration:

1] Create GMAC Account

Candidates will first have to create an account with GMAC on the official website. To do this, follow the link given below.

To create your GMAT Account use this link GMAT Sign-up

2] GMAT Profile Completion

Fill up profile details such as name, DoB and email id, phone number details.

Note that basic details such as name and DoB cannot be changed once verified. Please make sure to enter the correct details.

3] Profile Verification

The candidate will then have to verify their account and details via email id or phone number.

4] Schedule Exam

Post-verification, candidates can now schedule their test centre and date. It is advisable to book your test in advance to ensure you get the centre of your choice. You can do this online or over phone (extra charges may be applicable).

You have to select 3 details for a GMAT test –

  1. Centre
  2. Date
  3. Time-Slot (if multiple are available for the same day)

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GMAT 2018 Exam Pattern

GMAT Exam Structure

The GMAT exam is a computer adaptive exam of 3.5 hours duration.

The marks a candidate may score on GMAT range from 200 to 800. 

What does “Computer-Adaptive” mean?

The Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections of the GMAT are computer-adaptive. This means that the difficulty of the test adjusts itself in real-time as the candidate answers questions.

The 1st question that candidate receives in either the Verbal or Quantitative sections will be of medium level difficulty. As he/she answers each question, the computer scores this answer and uses it as well as the responses to all following questions to select the next questions.

Thus, usually if you answer the first question correctly, the system will usually give you a question that is more difficult. If you answer the first question wrong, your next question will be of an easier level.

Note: Some questions are experimental in nature and may appear at random so do not get unnerved if an easy question appears in the middle of a section.

GMAT now gives candidates the option of selecting the order in which they wish to attempt the sections. There are 3 such arrangements as follows:

  1. Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal
  2. Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
  3. Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

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GMAT 2018 Syllabus

GMAT – Graduate Management Admission Test is a computer adaptive test conducted to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program. It was started in 1953 and now has more than 7000 programs at approximately 2300 graduate business schools around the world. Mostly B schools consider GMAT score for the admission as the eligibility criteria. The competition is really tough and is not a cake walk to crack the GMAT examination. Candidates should be totally prepared for the examination.


It is important the interested applicants should be aware of the exam pattern and the syllabus of the GMAT examination. The duration of the examination is 3 hours and 30 minutes with two optional breaks in between for 8 minutes. Interested applicants should remember that they cannot skip any of the sections as all the sections are mandatory. The test pattern for the GMAT exam is as follows:-


Questions Time in Minutes
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 30
Integrated Reasoning 12 30
Quantitative Reasoning 31 62
Verbal Reasoning 36 65

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GMAT 2018 Admit Card

Like in any other examination, GMAT also requires the candidates to carry their admit cards with them. The candidates who fail to do so will not be allowed to write the examination. Along with other few important documents the admit card of the candidate is very crucial. The admit card link will be released on the official website once the registration for the exam is completed by all aspirants. The candidates will need to have at least two print out of the admit card with them at the examination center.

There are no fixed dates for the releasing of the admit card. The candidates will receive a mail about their admit card after the registration portal closes. As GMAT is a very famous and sought after exam there are many test centers in many cities.

  • EduPro
  • Pearson Professional Centers
Haryana Ansal University
  • Thapar University
  • Winsoft Computer Center
Rajasthan Sakar Edutech Private Limited
  • A1 Professional Assessment Center
  • H L Centre for Professional Education
Bihar Gencor Learning Solutions Private Limited

The candidates can choose any date from all throughout the year to appear for the exam. The aspirants will be required to choose three centers depending on the availability and convenience.

To download the admit card the following steps should be followed:

  1. Visit the official website of GMAT.
  2. Register for the examination and fill in all the details asked and required.
  3. After the application is completed the system will generate a unique id which should be kept safe with the candidate.
  4. After two three days log in to the website using your unique id.
  5. Choose the exam date and center and pay the fee for the exam.
  6. After paying the fee the candidate will receive a confirmation letter which is supposed to be treated as the admit card.

GMAT 2018 Result

#1 – Unofficial Scores immediately after your GMAT

Immediately after you take the GMAT, you will be able to view your Unofficial Score Report. This contains your Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, and Total Scores. The AWA Section will not be a part of this report.

You will have 2 minutes to accept or cancel this score. If within 2 minutes you do not accept it, it will automatically get cancelled. Hence, it is best to have a pre-determined target score to enable a quick decision.

If you do not immediately cancel your score, but later decide you wish to cancel it – you will have a window of 72 hours after the test to log on to mba.com and cancel your score for a fee of ($25). Similarly, you can reinstate a previously cancelled score for a fee of ($50) within a 4 years and 11 month window. 

What does ‘Cancelling my GMAT’ score mean?

  • Cancelling your score wipes all records of this score.
  • To colleges, this score will not appear at all. It is as though you did not take this test at all.
  • The scores from this GMAT sitting will not be sent to the colleges.

#2 – Official Score Reports

Your Official Score Report will be available to you within 20 days of the exam date. This will contain your sectional scores, analytical writing score, total score and also your GMAT Percentile Ranking, personal data provided at registration, and scores from your previously taken GMAT exams (within the past five years).

GMAT will notify you when your score report is available via email.

This official score report will be made available to the 5 colleges you have selected at the test centre automatically. for free (it is covered by your GMAT Registration Fee).

If you wish to send this report to additional colleges, you can purchase additional score reports at a fee of ($35 per additional report).

GMAT Cutoff

GMAT examination is an international level exam that is given by a lot of students worldwide. The examination is held every year and is a management examination they decide entry in major management institutes. The examination determines not only Your entry in the colleges but also how you are going to present yourself in an entirely different world all together. The examination has 4 sections having quantitative aptitude, integrated reasoning and aptitude, verbal section and analytical writing assessment. The exam lasts a total of three and half hours.

The examination is one of the most sought-after exam processes and this determines a completely different world of opportunities. The examination in core is something that determines the base of a student stepping into the world of management and business and in other aspects of life. However, the GMAT score isn’t the only deciding factor for your entry into a good university. The marking scheme is important however, you should keep in mind that you need a good curriculum vitae, good confidence when it comes down to the interview and abrupt and upfront attitude when applying for the colleges. Because the deciding point is that and not only the examination.

The cut off the examination however varies from university to university and ranges from 200 to 700 at the most in some cases. There are times when the mark range varies altogether and hence mainly depends upon the performance of a student entirely in the examination in that particular year.

Since there is relative grading there’s a subsequent need to perform your best in whatever form or way since your score will be compared to the best in that examination.

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